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NJHelps is a free and easy guide for you to determine what programs and assistance for which you and your family may be eligible. NJHelps will tell you where to go for help and what to bring with you after you have answered a few basic questions. The web platform also provides you with contact information and links to valuable resources available throughout the State. It cannot guarantee that you qualify for these programs. You must still apply for help by contacting and filling out the required forms for each program.

The site will tell you whether your family might be able to get help from the programs that are available and will help you to understand how different programs work. Simply go to NJHelps website and click on the program name for a description of the program. Click on the "Continue" button to begin to screen for eligibility.

NJHelps will ask a few questions about your household, income, and expenses. All the answers are anonymous and can never be linked to you. The typical session lasts 5 to 15 minutes depending on how many people live with you. To begin the screening process visit

Child and Family Resources

Work First New Jersey (EA)

New Jersey Cares for Kids (Child Care Assistance)

Kinship Navigator program (Assistance for Relative Caregivers)

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Programs

Both the federal and state programs are designed to provide a tax credit to citizens who work and have earned income. The credit reduces the amount of tax you owe and may also give you a refund, even if you have no tax liability to New Jersey. Learn more about the federal EITC program online or call 800-829-1040. To learn more about the NJ EITC, go to NJ Department of Taxation website (website needs to be updated for 2017 tax season) or call 609-292-6400.x

Employment and Training Assistance

NJ Career Connections

The New Jersey Training Opportunities (NJTOPPS) 

Workforce Development Partnership Training

Food and Nutrition

NJ SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps)

Women, Infants, and Children Services


Health Insurance

Medicaid& Managed Care 

Medicare/ State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

NJ FamilyCare

Income Support for Adults

Work First New Jersey (General Assistance)

Need Help Finding Affordable Housing?

New Jersey Housing Resource Center

Need Help Paying your Mortgage or Preventing Foreclosure?

Homeownership Preservation Foundation

Seniors and Disabled

Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program

Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD)

AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP) 

Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (HAAAD)

Adult Family Care - Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) 

Community Resources for People with Disabilities (CRPD) Waiver

Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC)

Caregiver Assistance Program (CAP)

NJ WorkAbility

AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver Program

Transportation Resources for Older Adults 

Selling a Home with Modifications for Older Adults

Fall Prevention Resources

Winter Home Insulation Guide for the Elderly 

Senior Health and Mental Health

Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors 

10 Easy Ways Seniors Can Boost Their Mental Health and Well-Being 

Telephone Service

Verizon Communications makes residential telephone service more affordable in its service area by offering Communications Lifeline services for qualified, low-income customers. Through Communications Lifeline, existing Verizon residential customers may be eligible to receive discounted local telephone service.

Communications Lifeline offers eligible consumers a service package that includes:

  • Discounted residential phone service, including Touch-Tone service, ranging from zero to $1.95 per month
  • Opportunities to add optional features, like Caller ID, Three-Way Calling, and more
  • A choice of three different local service options:

Flat Rate Service provides an unlimited number of calls within a calling area at no additional cost. Moderate Rate Service provides up to 75 outgoing local messages of 5 minutes or less each month without additional charges. For every local message after the first 75, customers are charged 6.5 cents. Low Use Message Rate Service provides up to 20 outgoing local messages of 5 minutes or less each month without additional charges. For every local message after the first 20, customers are charged 10 cents.

You are eligible for this program if no one claims you as a dependent on his or her income taxes (unless you are at least 60 years old) and you receive benefits from one of these programs: Medicaid, SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamp Program), General Assistance (GA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Lifeline Utility Credit/Tenants Lifeline Assistance, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families/Work First New Jersey (TANF/WFNJ), Section 8 federal public housing, national school lunch program


If you are age 65 or over and are not participating in one of the above programs and your annual income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty income level then you qualify for Communications Lifeline.You can find out how to enroll in Communications Lifeline by calling NJ Shares at 1.888.337.3339 or by visiting the NJ Shares website.

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